Meridian of Antwerp

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The meridian of Antwerp is one of several prime meridians that have been used for geographic referencing. It runs through the city of Antwerp, in Flanders, Belgium, and formed the 0° longitude upon which some Belgian maps were based.

This city is also where Abraham Ortelius published the first modern atlas, Theatrum Orbis Terrarum, first printed in 1570.

The meridian of Antwerp is listed in the Prutenic Tables, primarily as a reference for calculating and recording eclipses from 1554 to 1576.[1][2]


  1. ^ Ferguson, James; Horrocks, Jeremiah; Patterson, Robert (1809-01-01). Astronomy Explained Upon Sir Isaac Newton's Principles: And Made Easy to Those who Have Not Studied Mathematics : to which are Added, a Plain Method of Finding the Distances of All the Planets from the Sun, by the Transit of Venus Over the Sun's Disc, in the Year 1761 : an Account of Mr. Horrox's Observation of the Transit of Venus in the Year 1639 : And, of the Distances of All the Planets from the Sun, as Deduced from Observations of the Transit in the Year 1761. Matthew Carey.
  2. ^ Notes and Queries. Oxford University Press. 1885-01-01.